Since times immemorial, human beings have told stories. Stories are shared artistic or cultural
experiences, which are a part of ourfamily or community expressions. All stories are constitutive
of life and shape our lives. The ways in which we understand our lives are influenced by the
broader culture in the stories we have heard. The dominant stories heard will not only affect the
listener in the present but will also have implications for the future actions. They are the core of
human happiness as well as health, welfare and continuing development of children. Child
development, according to Hall (1988) refers to the qualitative and quantitative changes in an
individual. It is a progressive series of orderly, directional, cumulative, coherent and complex
changes taking place from the conception. The different aspects of development, physical,
intellectual, emotional, motor, psycho-social development change at different rates among
different individuals. These aspects are intertwined and throughout life affect each other. The
objective of this paper is to focus on the impact of narration of stories on the moral/social and
cognitive development of the children. We have taken up Classical, ancient children's literature
written in India like, the Panchtantra, the JatakKathayein/Talesand the Hitopdesh and have
tried to show how the stories help in social/moral and Cognitive development of the children.
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